Can Tho Clean Air Action Plan finalized

The handover of Can Tho city’s Clean Air Action Plan on May 23 marked another step forward in Vietnam’s proactive measures to address air pollution and will help the city to address the air quality challenges being faced elsewhere in Asia.

The Clean Air Action Plan – developed under Clean Air Asia’s  cooperation agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment through the Vietnam Environment Administration and implemented by the Integrated Programme for Better Air Quality in Asia – will facilitate the implementation of targeted actions and activities to improve air quality and help the city achieve its strategic development goals.

Dr Hoang Duong Tung, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam Environment Administration, said the Clean Air Action Plan enabled Can Tho to understand the key air quality issues and ensure effective responses were undertaken.

“Air pollution is everyone’s concern,” Dr Tung said. “A work plan is helpful in identifying the needed measures and the agencies responsible for each of these activities. When successful, this can then be replicated in other cities in Vietnam.”

Nguyen Minh The, Vice-Director of the Can Tho Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said successful implementation of the Clean Air Action Plan required a higher level of awareness among policy and decision-makers and an increased pool of knowledge to foster the development of innovative and effective solutions.

“We also need to improve the capacity of the key people involved and the equipment used, such as increasing the number of automatic air quality monitoring stations,” he said.

Dr Tung said raising public awareness and “popularizing information on air quality” would result in behavioral changes that enabled people to contribute to solutions.

The Clean Air Action Plan built on the emissions inventory results of the GIZ “Clean Air for Smaller Cities in the ASEAN Project”, and includes air quality modeling results from the “Establishing Air Pollution Propagation Model and Building Solutions to Protect the Air Environment for Sustainable Development of Can Tho City” project.

Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment, the Center for Environmental Monitoring, the Department of Construction, Environmental Police, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Transport, and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development attended the handover ceremony.